Gloria Stoll Karn

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Gloria Stoll Karn
Born
Gloria Maria Stoll

(1923-11-13)November 13, 1923
NationalityAmerican
Known forIllustration
MovementPulp Fiction Covers
Spouse(s)
Fred Karn (m. 1948)
Websitegloriastollkarn.com

Gloria Stoll Karn (born November 13, 1923, in the Bronx)[1] is an artist who specialized in graphic art that was published in pulp magazines. [2]Her work is contained in private collections and in the permanent collections of Speed Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Pittsburgh Public School, Yale, the Carnegie Museum of Art.[3] Gloria Stoll Karn graduated from New York's High School of Music and Art in 1941.[4][5]

Early life and education[edit]

After graduating from New York's High School of Music and Art in 1941, Karn went to work in life insurance to support her family after her father died. Karn's artwork accumulated and cluttered her apartment, and one night she gathered up her work and left it in front of her building's incinerator. The next morning, the janitor found Karn's artwork and introduced her to Rafael DeSoto, another resident of her building and an artist who illustrated pulp magazines.[6] DeSoto introduced Karn to a career in illustration.[7]

Karn published over 100 full color covers in pulp magazines during her career in the 1940s.[8] She often drew pictures of young couples or brave soldiers and cowboys or grizzled detectives and criminals, as was popular and pulp magazines and movies in the 1940s. [9] Her work was colorful and clearly delineated so that it would stand out in newsstands.[10]

She married Fred Karn in 1949 and published her last pulp magazine cover that year, but continues to create art for personal enjoyment today.[11]

She has participated in an exhibition at The American Jewish Museum, Squirrel Hill.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Saunders, David. "Gloria Stoll (Karn) ( b.1923 )". Field Guide To Wild American Pulp Artists. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Gloria Stoll Karn - Illustration History". www.illustrationhistory.org. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  3. ^ http://www.hoytartcenter.org/exhibits/2014/12/16/gloria-stoll-karn-pulp-art-lllustrations-from-the-1940s
  4. ^ http://gloriastollkarn.com/
  5. ^ Who's Who, pg. 215
  6. ^ O'Driscoll, Bill. "At Age 94, This Local Artist Is Pittsburgh's Link to Pulp Fiction's Heyday". www.wesa.fm. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  7. ^ O'Driscoll, Bill. "At Age 94, This Local Artist Is Pittsburgh's Link to Pulp Fiction's Heyday". www.wesa.fm. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  8. ^ O'Driscoll, Bill. "At Age 94, This Local Artist Is Pittsburgh's Link to Pulp Fiction's Heyday". www.wesa.fm. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  9. ^ "Gloria Stoll Karn - Illustration History". www.illustrationhistory.org. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  10. ^ "Gloria Stoll Karn - Illustration History". www.illustrationhistory.org. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  11. ^ "Gloria Stoll Karn - Illustration History". www.illustrationhistory.org. Retrieved 2019-03-23.
  12. ^ http://www.post-gazette.com/ae/art-architecture/2011/03/23/Students-of-Samuel-Rosenberg-pay-homage-to-their-teacher-in-art-exhibit/stories/201103230274

Bibliography[edit]

1970 Who's Who in American Art. (1970) The American Federation of Arts, Library of Congress Catalog Number: 36-36-27014.